A Nude Hope is a cheeky, glittering, and hilarious Star Wars parody burlesque, and the very best way to spend a Friday night.

The Geekenders are a burlesque collective of roughly eighty people in Vancouver, BC. They’ve been running the first of their Star Wars parodies, A Nude Hope, off and on since November 2013. They’ve also put on an occasional run of the sequels The Empire Strips Back and Reveal of the Jedi.

Chewie and Han are ready for any challenge the Empire throws their way. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

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A Nude Hope is a hilarious, tasteful, and oh-so-geeky burlesque show. The Geekenders production mixes burlesque’s cheeky roots with goofy musical theatre to create a show that is adults-only, but is entertaining in its own right for the tweaked dialogue and the silly characters. You haven’t seen Star Wars until you’ve seen a kitten-pack of Storm Troopers sulking over having their games shut down.

While hilarious in its own right, A Nude Hope is at heart a burlesque show, which means the actors show a lot more skin than normal for musical theater. Artistic Director Fairlith Harvey explains:

I tend to think of the show as ‘gateway burlesque’. It is risqué without being vulgar, and funny without being crass. We think cleverness, storytelling, and actively earning the audience’s love is more interesting than trading a striptease for dutiful applause. Many of us come from a theatrical background and don’t want to compromise that. We like surprising people.

Tasteful striptease is a key component of storytelling for this parody production. During the opening number, the ladies flip over their corsets to reveal the name of the show written on the linings. When we first see the Death Star, it’s a lady in strappy black panties inverted in a headstand, prompting other characters to ponder, “What is that, some kind of small moon?”

Storm Kittens (Rainbow Rhodes, Fanny Oakley, Rainbowglitz, and Jayne Fondue) are the glittery, bejewelled representatives for the empire. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

The fully-functional R2D2 (Roe Butts) and master of interpersonal relations C3PO (Andrew Lynch) are a kinky, playful duo of droids happy to incorporate others into their robotic games. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Obi-Wan Kenobi (Beni Spieler) shamelessly leers at Princess Leia Organa (Stefanie Michaud) as her hologram begs for hope. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Who could begrudge the droids their playtime when they have so much fun? Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Chewbacca (Trixie Hobbitses) and Han Solo (Stephen Blakley) are the best buddies this galaxy has ever seen. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Storm kittens mix sassy with deadly in their bedazzled stormtrooper helmets and fringed bras. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Darth Vader (Lottie Libido) is decidedly more sparkly than threatening. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Luke Skywalker is appalled to discover his new robots are unrepentantly flirtatious. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Grand Moff Tarkin (Greg Delmage) is a selfie-taking dudebro immortalizing his triumph over an indignant Leia and her Storm Kitten captors. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Storm Kittens make the most of their photo-opportunity with their famous captive. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Tarkin is only somewhat justified with his smartphone obsession in that it’s the control device for the greatest weapon the world has ever seen, although he’s still rather rude to his harem of Storm Kittens and Darth Vader guarding the indignant Leia. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Darth Vader is over the Grand Moff’s smartphone obsession. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Kenobi is helpless to resist the assets of Chewbacca, even if the wookie could rip his arms off. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Flashing jawas have a fondness for robots. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Luke Skywalker (Draco Muff-Boi) is an openly irritating hick right from the opening walk with Uncle Ben in front of a scrolling background of sunshine, womp rats, and moisture vaporators (Fiona Ample, Androsia Wilde, Ariel Helvetica, and Julia Sleazer). Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Old Ben Kenobi a dirty old man too distracted by Leia’s curves to care about her desperate plea for help. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Always keep your Storm Kittens well-hydrated. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

A talented Storm Kitten demonstrates how to drink hands-free. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

What is the official drink of the evil Empire? Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Storm Kitten swoons helplessly under the focused charm of a Jedi master insistent that this are not the droids they’re looking for. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

The Force is not strong with Kenobi, but his ability to sweet talk Storm Kittens is phenomenal. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Solo is one sexy, sexy starship captain. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Han Solo in his natural habitat, accepting his due tribute of lingerie. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Greedo and Han Solo engaging in a dance-off to resolve their conflict. Han thrust first. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Triumphant Solo is nearly buried in his adoring, appreciative fans. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Storm Kitten gleefully skipping in with Princess Leia’s beloved yet doomed Alderaan. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Storm Kittens amping up the spectacle of Tarkin’s destructive powers. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Tarkin smashing the destroyed Alderaan as Storm Kittens stomp on its glittery shrapnel. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Storm Kittens frolicking in the rubble of Alderaan. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Storm Kittens celebrating in the shrapnel of a destroyed world as Tarkin admires his handiwork. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Princess Leia is beyond appalled as a smug Storm Kitten poses for a victory pic. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Darth Vader, Tarkin, and the Storm Kittens gloat in the destruction of Alderaan. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Tarkin gloats in the power of the Death Star. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Tarkin enjoying the sweet taste of victory. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Skywalker is not on board with the delighted groping of everyone else in the line-dance to the Millennium Falcon. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

R2D2 has stashed away her restraining bolt by the time the Millennium Falcon gets a fan dance. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Vader is Not Amused by her Storm Kittens breaking in as a spacebound Spanish Inquisition. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Skywalker is over-awed and eager to stroke Kenobi’s well-placed lightsaber. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Skywalker is overly-excited by his lightsaber lessons, and a hazard to everyone nearby. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Chewie makes it rain glitter on Old Ben Kenobi. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Princess Leia knows exactly what she wants from her man. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

C3PO has no intention of getting grubby as he peers into the garbage chute at his hapless companions. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

C3PO and R2D2 run from Storm Kittens and their glitter-attacks. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Chewie and Luke are horrified by the sudden onset of Storm Kittens. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

A downed Storm Kitten is almost impossible to relocate. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Sometimes it’s safer to not know who or what Kenobi is fantasizing about. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

C3PO is always up to get down while lubricating personal relations. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Chewie is appreciative of Kenobi’s sensual indulgence in the Force. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Kenobi demonstrates the close relationship between a Jedi and his lightsaber. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

The Millennium Falcon may be fast, but she sure gives a rough ride to her crew. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Chewbacca is the world’s most adorable wookie. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Storm Kittens popping under rosey pink lights. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

C3PO is disconcerted by his new companions. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Star Wars isn’t Star Wars without an epic lightsaber battle between jedi. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

A pantless Solo seduces Leia with roses and seductive swivels of his hips. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Princess Leia is confident, badass, and always in control. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Solo thoroughly enjoys every moment of Leia’s attentions. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

C3PO is indignant even in golden hot pants. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

R2D2 is downright impudent with her trademark whistles as a fully-functional droid. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

The spunky X-wings take on a lineup of TIE fighters in a dance-off. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

TIE fighters gloat in their victory over the X-wings ...at least until Han and Chewie show up in the Millennium Falcon. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

Motorboating Storm Kittens. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

How do you hold a cheesy awards ceremony in a burlesque parody? With a group striptease, of course! Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Storm Kittens are far more fun at a party than Storm Troopers. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

The Grand Moff is a tantalizingly irresistible bro who wears sunglasses at night. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

Our heroes celebrate their victory over the forces of darkness. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

The cast of A Nude Hope strip down in the ending awards ceremony. Image credit: Dorien Gunnels

That’s not a shapely moon, that’s a Death Star in this cast photo. Image credit: Matthew Kiefer

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Other upcoming events from the Geekenders include: Not the Bees! A Burlesque Tribute to Nicolas Cage, Jurassic Parody: The Musical!, and The Princess Bride: A Gender-Swapped Burlesque Adventure. You can follow the troupe on their website, Facebook, and YouTube.

Dorien Gunnels and Matthew Kiefer are freelance photographers with a love of all things geeky located in Vancouver, BC.

Top image: R2D2 feels up the glittering C3PO. Credit: Dorien Gunnels

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